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Awful smell after swimming

Hello all. So this has happened in the past and I just dealt with it but need advice now to see if I can get it to stop. After swimming for a few days and not drying out real well between swims, zoe has an awful smell that I can't get off of her. I bathed her and she still smells...like strong, smelly cheese. Is there something I can do to make this go away or not happen again? Any advice is appreciated.

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Is the smell coming from a specific spot on Zoe?
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I would have to say "no." It seems that it is all over....and bad.
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Could be a yeast infection, or some bacteria.. which can easily start if not dried off thoroughly... bacteria love moist environments to grow! Do you notice any rash-like areas on her skin anywhere? Look in the "crevices" like in the armpits and ears, specifically.. but bacterial or fungal infections can start anywhere really.
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Could even be something as easy as a thorough undercoat raking and brushing before the swimming may help. Most "wet dog" smell is from dead hair.
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The best thing is to make sure she gets throughly dried off. The smell could be a bacterial or fungal infection due to being constantly damp.

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Any suggestions on how to treat it? If I recall correctly I washed her with a medicated shampoo (oxydex) and dried her thoroughly.
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Any suggestions on how to treat it? If I recall correctly I washed her with a medicated shampoo (oxydex) and dried her thoroughly.
A trip to the vet would be in order.
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A trip to the vet would be in order.

Agreed trip to the vet.

A strong odor like you describe usually is from an infection. Hot spots have that smelly cheese like odor even before they start to become visible.

Ears are the first thing I check. On the body if you don't find a traditional hot spot what you might see on very close inspection are small bumps almost like goose bumps or pimples this would be an infection or allergy these bumps are emitting the smell and can be so small you might not even see them.

One of our friends complained that their GR had oily skin - it turned out to be an infection that for several years never got any worse than having "oily skin". Then it started smelling and when they brought him to the vet it was determined he was getting infections from something in their lake.

Another thought is what are you feeding Zoe? The reason I ask is it could be like when you eat a ton of garlic - you smell like garlic.

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Have you checked ears? That smell, like a brined cheese, is often yeast and when dogs swim regularly, it can be ears - both in, and behind/under.

My dogs swim regularly and are rinsed thoroughly with clean, fresh water and dried afterwards. No matter how clear the lakes or rivers they swim in, there are live bacterias in them which can wreck havoc with skin and coat.

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